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post #31 of 74
Coach, what level is this? I like your priorities!
post #32 of 74
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Originally Posted by skier_j
Coach, what level is this? I like your priorities!
13 year olds this season.
post #33 of 74
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Originally Posted by Coach13
13 year olds this season.
When my son was 13, he was one of the top catchers in town. The allstar coach that year had, briefly, played alongside Wade Boggs at the triple A level before injury ended his baseball hopes. This coach had the same set of priorities.

My kid hated this guy's practices - hours of blocking pitches in the dirt, getting beat up by bad bounces, thowing to 2nd, backing up 1st, basic fundamental baseball skills.

He loved to play for the guy though. For their age, they made relatively few errors , they were a baseball team- not a team of baseball players.
post #34 of 74
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Originally Posted by skier_j
When my son was 13, he was one of the top catchers in town. The allstar coach that year had, briefly, played alongside Wade Boggs at the triple A level before injury ended his baseball hopes. This coach had the same set of priorities.

My kid hated this guy's practices - hours of blocking pitches in the dirt, getting beat up by bad bounces, thowing to 2nd, backing up 1st, basic fundamental baseball skills.

He loved to play for the guy though. For their age, they made relatively few errors , they were a baseball team- not a team of baseball players.
Sounds like my kind of coach!

"Game day should be the easiest day of the week", is what we preach. I think your son's coach felt the same way.
post #35 of 74
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Originally Posted by Coach13
As to winning, most people don't buy this, but I never even mention winning to my teams. I'm a hard ass who dwells on the little things like fundamentals, execution, and game prep. I believe if you take care of these things, positive outcomes occur. I don't scout other teams or prepare for other teams. Our total focus is on what we do. I let the other teams worry about preparing for us.
smart tactic, Coach.

that approach serves in many facets of life, especially in "business." I have long believed that the best way to run a business is to focus on doing things well and properly and humanely, and from that, profits will follow. I've seen that approach work well in several businesses that have survived many economic ups & downs. basically I think it's because we humans do better if not given ultimatums, but instead given direction and advice on how to do what gets you oriented toward that goal that would have been an ultimatum.
post #36 of 74
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Originally Posted by gonzostrike
that approach serves in many facets of life, especially in "business." I have long believed that the best way to run a business is to focus on doing things well and properly and humanely, and from that, profits will follow. I've seen that approach work well in several businesses that have survived many economic ups & downs. basically I think it's because we humans do better if not given ultimatums, but instead given direction and advice on how to do what gets you oriented toward that goal that would have been an ultimatum.
Without a doubt.
post #37 of 74
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Originally Posted by Coach13
Sounds like my kind of coach!

"Game day should be the easiest day of the week", is what we preach. I think your son's coach felt the same way.
Coaching fundamentals and their execution seems to work no matter what the sport .

This same coach is now a HS football coach who has taken a team that won twice in 2 years to 2-0, this, his first season. Without knowing the particulars, I'd be very willing to bet he still uses the same philosophy, 10 years later.
post #38 of 74
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Originally Posted by skier_j
Coaching fundamentals and their execution seems to work no matter what the sport .
Yep. I coach both football and baseball and employ the same approach to both, with great success.

Believe it or not though. It's regarded as an "old school" approach, by most of my coaching peers.
post #39 of 74
Back to the orginal thread. I am doing 'nothing' in the sense that I am not preparing explicitly for the season. I'm doing a lot of hiking and some mtn. biking, but I do that because I *enjoy* it, not to get "ready" for anything else. I'm just never going to suffer through some boring indoor machine workout because of some future result I might see. Life is too short.
post #40 of 74
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Originally Posted by Lodro
Back to the orginal thread. I am doing 'nothing' in the sense that I am not preparing explicitly for the season. I'm doing a lot of hiking and some mtn. biking, but I do that because I *enjoy* it, not to get "ready" for anything else. I'm just never going to suffer through some boring indoor machine workout because of some future result I might see. Life is too short.
I think you bring a good point to light. That is, most of us that ski do many other activities that keep us active. We just don't look at it as pre-season prep.
post #41 of 74
I'm still in full bike mode, but I consider that my ski prep, even though I do cause I love it. When I get over 3k miles, I'll start a new mileage thread.
post #42 of 74
I'm not "doing" anything to get ready for skiing. However, when the clutch went on the 44" riding lawn mower three years ago I opted not to fix it and have been walking behind a 22" self propelled ever since. Takes two hours to mow the lawn instead of 30-40 minutes but .....
post #43 of 74
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Originally Posted by Stache
I'm not "doing" anything to get ready for skiing. However, when the clutch went on the 44" riding lawn mower three years ago I opted not to fix it and have been walking behind a 22" self propelled ever since. Takes two hours to mow the lawn instead of 30-40 minutes but .....
Now, switch to a push mower and I'll be impressed.
post #44 of 74
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Originally Posted by Lodro
Now, switch to a push mower and I'll be impressed.
FIND a push mower and I'll be impressed!
post #45 of 74
I use a push mower and have been running for 2-3 weeks to shape up. Soon I'm gonna start leg pressing and stuff but it's hard for me to get motivated to lift.
post #46 of 74
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Originally Posted by skier_j
FIND a push mower and I'll be impressed!
Mine is non-self-propelled. In other words "me"-propelled. My yard is also nearly all hill. It takes a good three hours to mow my yard - an aerobic workout all on its own. It's not like I don't own an able-bodied teenaged male, but he's rarely home long enough to mow.:
post #47 of 74
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Originally Posted by FRAU
Mine is non-self-propelled. In other words "me"-propelled. My yard is also nearly all hill. It takes a good three hours to mow my yard - an aerobic workout all on its own. It's not like I don't own an able-bodied teenaged male, but he's rarely home long enough to mow.:
Ah the dreaded uphill both ways! And I suppose you have to dodge the buffalo and scale the snow drifts all along the 16 mile stretch on the way to school---oh wait, that was dads walk to school in Key West Fl.!!:

I meant unpowered, as in old push reel mower with no motor.
post #48 of 74
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Originally Posted by skier_j
Ah the dreaded uphill both ways! And I suppose you have to dodge the buffalo and scale the snow drifts all along the 16 mile stretch on the way to school---oh wait, that was dads walk to school in Key West Fl.!!:

I meant unpowered, as in old push reel mower with no motor.
Well let's just say that when I'm done mowing across the hills, one of my legs is permanently shorter than the other - it's how we grow the deer in WV too!
post #49 of 74
Since breaking my elbow biking I've been doing something. I've been getting fat. I'm really working on my 'fridge sprints but that doesn't seem to help.
post #50 of 74
Thread Starter 
I have a 16 year old "Lawn Mower", his name is Tyler and is my ski buddy.
post #51 of 74
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Originally Posted by FRAU
... it's how we grow the deer in WV too!
Makes them easier to catch. Just chase them down to the flats and shoot them while they run in circles.
post #52 of 74
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Originally Posted by gonzostrike
smart tactic, Coach.

that approach serves in many facets of life, especially in "business." I have long believed that the best way to run a business is to focus on doing things well and properly and humanely, and from that, profits will follow. I've seen that approach work well in several businesses that have survived many economic ups & downs. basically I think it's because we humans do better if not given ultimatums, but instead given direction and advice on how to do what gets you oriented toward that goal that would have been an ultimatum.
That's how I run my buisiness but because of it, the company has suffered. Corporate buyers don't want "the best", they want "good enough" and cheap. We don't offer "cheap" products just good honest value but that's not the name of the game for the last 2-3 years. Hopefully it will change. Hey Wal-Mart just announced they are going after upscale buyers......
post #53 of 74
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Originally Posted by skier_j
FIND a push mower and I'll be impressed!
From Home Depot...

Great States 16 In. Full Feature Push Reel Mower
Great States
16 In. Full Feature Push Reel Mower $79.97 each*
16 in. cutting width. 1/2 in. to 2 3/4 in. cutting height range with adjustable wheels and roller assembly. Flared handle design with foam grips. Safe, low maintenance, easy storage and non-polluting.

Model 415-16
Internet/Catalog #161771
Store SKU #345487

I know because I looked at one...but I can barely get off my a** to mow my 1/3 acre as it is..
post #54 of 74
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Originally Posted by Finndog
Hey Wal-Mart just announced they are going after upscale buyers......
By upscale, I think they mean people with all of their teeth. [ducking]
post #55 of 74
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Originally Posted by Finndog
That's how I run my buisiness but because of it, the company has suffered. Corporate buyers don't want "the best", they want "good enough" and cheap. We don't offer "cheap" products just good honest value but that's not the name of the game for the last 2-3 years. Hopefully it will change. Hey Wal-Mart just announced they are going after upscale buyers......
"good enough" is an oxymoron. if that's the level of quality, it surely is not good enough.

Finndog, stand by your products. the purveyors of quality goods might occasionally have rough times economically, but the people who appreciate quality still exist. Many of them inhabit EpicSki.

The "good enough" is just another symptom of the bad, counterproductive side of unbridled capitalist materialism. People are acquiring "stuff" rather than buying durable quality. Trinkets over utility.

It cannot go forever that way, but I'll bet it continues for a while yet. At least until the current POTUS finishes his term OR changes his tack to reflect humility.
post #56 of 74
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Originally Posted by Lodro
By upscale, I think they mean people with all of their teeth. [ducking]
even the toothless meth addicts can get a 7-year no money down loan for a blinged out SUV.
post #57 of 74
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Originally Posted by gonzostrike
even the toothless meth addicts can get a 7-year no money down loan for a blinged out SUV.
True, true. BTW, if anyone is interested I can give you a great price on an '05 H2 w/ spinners and crocodile seat inserts. I've got to get rid of it fast...
post #58 of 74
sorry, I won't take it unless it has komodo dragon skin seat inserts.
post #59 of 74
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Originally Posted by Lodro
By upscale, I think they mean people with all of their teeth. [ducking]
LOL! I DO shop at Walmart (hey, I'm kinda poor) and I AM missing several teeth.
post #60 of 74
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Originally Posted by volantaddict
I DO shop at Walmart.
So do I, I must say. Gonzo, your loss.
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